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Computer Scientist Average Salary in Australia 2021

How much money does a Computer Scientist make in Australia?


Average Yearly Salary
156,000 AUD
( 13,000 AUD monthly)

LOW
73,200
AUD
AVERAGE
156,000
AUD
HIGH
246,000
AUD

A person working as a Computer Scientist in Australia typically earns around 156,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 73,200 AUD (lowest) to 246,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Computer Scientist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Computer Scientist Salary Distribution in Australia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Computer Scientist salaries in Australia range from 73,200 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 246,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 165,000 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 165,000 AUD while the other half are earning more than 165,000 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 107,000 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 107,000 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Computer Scientist(s) are earning less than 218,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 218,000 AUD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Computer Scientist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Computer Scientist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Computer Scientist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 84,400 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 116,000 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 166,000 AUD per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Computer Scientist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 202,000 AUD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 213,000 AUD per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 232,000 AUD per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Computer Scientist average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
84,400 AUD
2 - 5 Years+38%
116,000 AUD
5 - 10 Years+42%
166,000 AUD
10 - 15 Years+22%
202,000 AUD
15 - 20 Years+6%
213,000 AUD
20+ Years+9%
232,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Computer Scientist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Computer Scientist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Computer Scientist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Computer Scientist is 108,000 AUD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 167,000 AUD per year, 55% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 222,000 AUD per year, 33% more than someone with a Master's Degree.


Computer Scientist average salary difference by education level in Australia

Bachelor's Degree
108,000 AUD
Master's Degree+55%
167,000 AUD
PhD+33%
222,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Australia costs anywhere from 37,800 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Computer Scientist Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Computer Scientist employees in Australia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
160,000 AUD
Female-5%
152,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Computer Scientist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Computer Scientist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Computer Scientist

Computer Scientist(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Computer Scientist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Computer Scientist
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A Computer Scientist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
61%
No Bonus
39%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Computer Scientist Average Hourly Wage in Australia


75 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 75 AUD. This means that the average Computer Scientist in Australia earns approximately 75 AUD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Computer Scientist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Computer Scientist and Science and Technical Services yearly Australia
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The average salary for Computer Scientist is 28% more than that of Science and Technical Services. Also, Science and Technical Services salaries are 34% more than those of All Jobs.

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Anthropologist131,000 AUD-16%
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Assistant Breeder62,300 AUD-60%
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Behavior Analyst114,000 AUD-27%
Behavior Intervention Specialist128,000 AUD-18%
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Biologist187,000 AUD+20%
Biomedical Scientist206,000 AUD+32%
Biophysicist192,000 AUD+23%
Chemical Engineer90,300 AUD-42%
Chemical Technologist91,000 AUD-42%
Chemist178,000 AUD+14%
Chief Technologist173,000 AUD+11%
Climate Change Analyst131,000 AUD-16%
Clinical Laboratory Scientist192,000 AUD+23%
Computer Scientist156,000 AUD+0%
Conservation Scientist159,000 AUD+2%
Data Scientist147,000 AUD-6%
DNA Analyst195,000 AUD+25%
Ecologist151,000 AUD-3%
Economic Development Specialist154,000 AUD-1%
Flavourist67,600 AUD-57%
Food Scientist123,000 AUD-21%
Forensic Scientist163,000 AUD+5%
Formulation Technologist74,600 AUD-52%
Fraud Investigator98,000 AUD-37%
Genomics Scientist198,000 AUD+27%
Geographer107,000 AUD-31%
Geographic Information Systems Technician69,300 AUD-55%
Geological Data Technician63,700 AUD-59%
Geological Technician83,400 AUD-46%
Geologist159,000 AUD+2%
Geomatics Scientist159,000 AUD+2%
Geophysical Data Technician61,900 AUD-60%
Geospatial Information Scientist and Technologist148,000 AUD-5%
Hydrologist128,000 AUD-18%
Industrial Ecologist134,000 AUD-14%
Intelligence Analyst121,000 AUD-22%
Knowledge Management Specialist93,600 AUD-40%
Laboratory Manager130,000 AUD-17%
Laboratory Researcher90,300 AUD-42%
Laboratory Technician61,200 AUD-61%
Life Sciences Analyst136,000 AUD-13%
Life Scientist153,000 AUD-2%
Marine Architect118,000 AUD-24%
Marine Biologist140,000 AUD-10%
Marine Superintendent82,500 AUD-47%
Materials Analyst83,600 AUD-46%
Materials Scientist148,000 AUD-5%
Mathematician159,000 AUD+2%
Medical Scientist213,000 AUD+37%
Metallurgist134,000 AUD-14%
Meteorologist136,000 AUD-13%
Microbiologist202,000 AUD+30%
Natural Language Processing Researcher118,000 AUD-24%
Natural Resource Specialist108,000 AUD-31%
Natural Sciences Manager187,000 AUD+20%
Nuclear Engineer209,000 AUD+34%
Physical Scientist164,000 AUD+5%
Physicist194,000 AUD+25%
Political Scientist147,000 AUD-6%
Polygraph Examiner52,500 AUD-66%
Polysomnographic Technologist91,000 AUD-42%
Product Development Scientist161,000 AUD+3%
Quantitative Research Analyst135,000 AUD-13%
Quantitative Researcher137,000 AUD-12%
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Refrigeration Technician44,300 AUD-72%
Research Scientist134,000 AUD-14%
Risk Safety Engineer89,600 AUD-42%
Scientific Photographer88,000 AUD-43%
Scientific Programmer126,000 AUD-19%
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Service Engineer91,700 AUD-41%
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Social Science Research Assistant81,800 AUD-47%
Social Scientist153,000 AUD-2%
Sociologist150,000 AUD-4%
Soil Scientist127,000 AUD-18%
Statistical Analyst90,200 AUD-42%
Statistical Assistant60,300 AUD-61%
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Survey Analyst87,000 AUD-44%
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Surveying and Mapping Technician51,100 AUD-67%
Team Leader124,000 AUD-20%
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Technical Officer60,300 AUD-61%
Technical Service Director184,000 AUD+18%
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Technical Services Research and Development Manager202,000 AUD+30%
Technical Services Research Coordinator103,000 AUD-34%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide147,000 AUD
Brisbane153,000 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan141,000 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed144,000 AUD
Gosford129,000 AUD
Melbourne156,000 AUD
Newcastle138,000 AUD
Perth150,000 AUD
Sunshine Coast135,000 AUD
Sydney159,000 AUD
Wollongong132,000 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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